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  John Ciccarelli    

Principal

John Ciccarelli first started playing the guitar at high school at the age of 14, where he formed a band with 3 friends, called The Reasons Four.  For 2 years, the band was in residency at Kurrajong Heights Hotel, playing every Saturday and Sunday, with the weeknights spent at The Railway Hotel in Liverpool.

During a stint in the Army in the 1970's, John started playing the trombone and honed his skill properly upon returning to civilian life, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  Under the expert tuition of Geoff Bailey (a trombonist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra), John achieved the level of Grade 8 AMEB.

 

While at the Conservatorium, John joined the Conservatorium Big Band.  This was an amazing time in Australian music, as many of the members of that Big Band would continue their very successful careers in the Australian music scene.  Rodger Frampton, Paul Panichi, David Panichi, James Morrison, John Morrison and Alan Freeman were joined by esteemed Directors of the band, Don Burrows, Bill Motzing, and Professor Howie Smith.

After a 20 year hiatus from the music world, in 2000 John began teaching school children.

 

John is proficient in Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, (Alto & Tenor), Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Guitar,  Drums, & Acoustic Guitar.

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 Nick Ciccarelli  

Clarinet, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Trumpet & Saxophone

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 Michael Ciccarelli  

Brass, Bass Guitar, Drums, Euphonium, Flute, Trombone & Trumpet

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 Patricia Ng  

Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Singing & Trumpet

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 Glenyss Turco  

Piano

Nicholas first started playing trumpet in the school band at 8 years of age.

During his High School years he became interested in clarinet, saxophone and drums, studying drums under the guidance of Mitch Farmer.  He continued gaining experience, playing drums in a Sydney cover band in local pubs and hotels and in later years, trumpet in a touring stage band.

Following High School, Nicholas graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) where he enjoyed writing background music for movies, commercials and film clips, something he continues to do today.

His formal education was never neglected though, with Nicholas attaining Honours in 5th Grade AMEB clarinet and completing 8th Grade AMEB trumpet.

Nicholas is currently working in schools, conducting school bands and tutoring students on flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, saxophone and drums.

Michael has been playing music since he was ten years old, and has performed across Australia and Europe.

 

While teaching and conducting across various Sydney schools for ten years, Michael has also recently completed his Bachelor of Music, majoring in performance.

Patricia is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese and is a guitarist and singer-songwriter, teaching acoustic & electric guitar, piano and ukulele.

 

She comes from a musical background of classical piano and choral singing in her childhood, after which she gained further study on the guitar and songwriting.

 

Patricia completed her Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) at the Australian Institute of Music in 2018.

 

With her degree specialising in contemporary music and experiences in ensemble and band performances, recording, arranging and songwriting, Patricia gained extensive knowledge of different music genres in terms of stylistic techniques and music theory. 

 

Her students are able to receive training in guitar, piano and ukulele playing techniques, building up repertoire (songs & tunes), performing, self- accompanying, songwriting and aural. 

Glenyss started learning piano at the age of 8 where she was surrounded by music, having many siblings learning piano, cello, violin and viola.

 

Glenyss has studied under the tuition of Thea Ashe, Heather Boyd and Noelle Brinsden and commenced teaching when she was 17.

In addition to teaching, Glenyss has been involved with the Northern Sydney Youth String Ensembles as an accompanist and has had the pleasure of being on stage in musical productions of the Blue Mountains Musical Society.

Glenyss loves to nurture young musicians to enjoy their music making.

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 Enoch Law

Guitar, Piano & Violin

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 Lucy Lawrence  

Clarinet, Flute, Piano & Saxophone

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 Will Cumberlege

Bass Guitar, Guitar & Ukulele

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 Lena Kulikov

Piano

Enoch is fluent in English, Cantonese & Mandarin and started his violin journey from the age of eight, working strenuously until he attained ABRSM Grade 8 violin and Grade 5 Theory of Music during high school.


With more than a decade of violin practice with Wing Chi Leung, concert performer and Yusi Yang, violinist in Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Enoch has been nurtured with a progressive music learning approach.


Being a primary school teaching assistant in Hong Kong has allowed him to share his passion in music with children.  Music is such a major part of his life that he is now studying a Master of Creative Music Therapy at Western Sydney University.


While in Hong Kong, Enoch provided violin lessons in both private based and music centre forms.  Talented students ranging from young children to adults, were developed under a casual, systematic music environment with some having been taught up to the higher level of violin Grade 8 certificates in ABRSM.

Lucy is a Primary school music teacher who has been teaching for 34 years.

 

She currently  teaches in the Carlingford area, specialising in piano, saxophone (Alto and Tenor) and clarinet, but also plays a variety of other instruments.

 

Lucy is a member of the Harmonix Concert Band and newly formed Harmonix Big Band.

Lucy loves passing on her passion of music to young players.      

Will is a multi instrumentalist specialising in Guitar and Bass Guitar.  He has been performing gigs since 2015 in a variety of different bands, performing covers and original music, all around the Greater Sydney Area.

 

After completing a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting at JMC Academy, Will worked as a session musician at JMC and has been keeping busy teaching guitar in the local areas, as well as continuing to focus on original projects.

Lena is an experienced piano teacher and accompanist with a Bachelor of
Music Education from the Conservatorium of Music, where she studied under the
professional guidance of Elizabeth Powell, successfully completing her
LmusA diploma from the AMEB and Grade 6 in musicianship.  Lena also
completed a Bachelor in Music Repetiteur at the Sydney Conservatorium of
Music under the guidance of Simon Kenway.

Lena has taught many private students piano and musicianship at all levels
including AmusA.  She previously taught at Forte School of Music and also at
Meriden private Anglican Girls School.  Lena has accompanied many students
in preparation for HSC exams, AMEB exams and various auditions for schools
and Universities.

Lena is passionate about teaching piano and accompanying and is excited to
share this passion with others.

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  Kewei (Kevin) Shao

Violin

Kevin is a proficient violinist with a longstanding passion for the classical repertoire, whilst also being a well-versed pianist.

His musical background stems from the young age of 6, where he started to play in little string groups before building up a distinguished reputation as first violinist throughout his high school time.

 

Pursuing further musical excellence, he toured Europe with the school orchestra in 2017 and participated in the 2018 ACO Academy program, where he learnt from members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra themselves.

 

Before graduating, Kevin completed his AmusA for violin and achieved a noteworthy 49/50 for the HSC Music Extension course.

He has since been teaching violin for over 3 years, mentoring students of all ages, applying a variety of instructional techniques.

 

Kevin communicates musical knowledge with calm and patience but is a firm believer in structured lessons to encourage students to achieve their best.

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  Hannah Alexander

Piano, Singing & Trumpet

Hannah is a vocalist and instrumentalist with a love of musical theatre and jazz music.  She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) majoring in classical voice and has since spent the last 3 years travelling with the performing arts company 'The Young Americans'.

With this group, Hannah was able to work with directors from Broadway, Disneyland, Royal Carribean Cruises and Paramount Pictures.  She spent two and a half years teaching and performing all over Japan, the West Coast and Midwest of the United States.

 

In 2018 and 2019 Hannah was a featured soloist in 'The Magic of Christmas' in California. 

After being in a new city every 3 days for much of the last few years, Hannah is excited to be back home sharing her love of music!

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 Emma Hosogoe

Clarinet, Flute, Piano & Saxophone

Emma started piano lessons at the early age of four through the Suzuki method, before transferring to the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB).  At school, while playing in ensembles and bands, Emma completed her Associate Diploma on saxophone and Grade 7 on piano.

During a brief break from music, Emma studied and worked in childcare and has a particular interest in engaging children with music.  Emma returned to studying music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied under the tutelage of Christina Leonard on saxophone.  During this time, Emma was a member of various ensembles and quartets and was accepted to do an internship with Fine Music 102.5FM as well as Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA).

Currently, Emma teaches in and around Sydney and its surrounding suburbs as well as performing regularly with the Corrective Services New South Wales band, in amateur musicals, and casually with the New South Wales Police Band.

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 Michael Xu

Drums & Piano

Michael’s musical journey began at a young age when he was deeply inspired by a classical music concert from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  Since then, he has gathered a wealth of experience in classical music, as well as in contemporary and electronic music.

 

Apart from playing the piano as a hobby, Michael is heavily involved in the development of his musical passion project, where he shares and contributes his own creative works toward the growing industry of electronic music.

 

Michael is currently working towards his Licentiate Diploma in Music for piano performance (LMusA) after achieving his Certificate of Performance (CMuSA) in recent years.  In addition, he is studying a Bachelor of Music and Sound Design with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at UTS.

 

Bringing together his extensive classical piano background and industry experience in music production and sound engineering, Michael’s teaching style encourages professional playing technique, self-developed artistic expression and ultimately, the lifelong enjoyment of playing piano.

 

His energetic and charismatic nature allows his students to achieve their desired musical goals with self-fulfilment and confidence.

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 Tim Lovelock

Drums, Guitar

Tim comes from a musical family, and started formal music lessons when he was eight.  He has been playing both drums and guitar for more than fifteen years and has been teaching for seven years. 

Tim is very personable and has enjoyed a number of different playing experiences, including playing percussion with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.

 

He is interested in a very wide range of music including Jazz, Blues, Funk, Pop, Rock and Punk.

Tim's students are all every enthusiastic about his teaching style and we are very pleased to have him at Carlingford School of Music.

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Ishvinder Singh

Bass, Drums & Guitar

A percussionist since the age of 9, Ishvinder has been actively involved in the concert band scene in Singapore.

 

His desire to pursue the craft evolved from performing to both playing and educating.  Having coached more than 15 school band percussion sections over 3 years, as well as taught students aged from 3 to 40 years of age in a drum school, he has constantly been searching for more ways to inspire and educate students to enjoy the beauty of music.

 

Ishvinder is currently studying Music Education in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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 Suna Lau Flynn

Piano, Singing & Violin

Suna is fluent in English, Cantonese & Mandarin and at age 16, the Japanese Victor Exam board awarded Suna as an Intermediate piano and music theory teacher and she placed second in the Formosa (Taiwan) Piano Competition in the same year.


Suna studied music at Fu-Jen Catholic University (Taiwan)
and at age 19 performed on TV, in talent shows and taught as a lecturer for the student piano club at the University, while at the same time, teaching at private education centres.

Moving to Australia in 2008, she dedicated herself to community activities, arranging student recitals, performance and art workshops and performing at many festivals.  Suna  founded the Cultural Festival in 2016 and took on the role as secretary of the Queensland Music Teacher Association in 2019.

Following these roles, Suna was accepted as a mature-age student into the Australian Institute of Music to complete her Graduate Certificate and Masters Degree in Art and Entertainment Management, and at this time Suna moved to Sydney.

In 2017, she met her Pipa (Chinese Lute) teacher, ChuYi
Zhang and started her Fusion music journey.  In
2019 she rearranged “Playing Pipa backward” with semi-retired Chinese Folk Dance Master, May Wang, becoming the first person in the world, able to dance Duen Huang Chinese Folk dance at the same time as playing Pipa.

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 Jayden Lay

Clarinet, Flute, Piano & Saxophone

Jayden is fluent in both English and Mandarin and has grown up in a household filled with music.  Having started playing piano at the age of 3 he's attended countless music competitions, mostly involving the piano.

 

He's had first-hand experience at AMEB exams and taught multiple students who have done exceptionally well in their own AMEB exams.

 

Completing his HSC in 2021 and being nominated for Encore for his performances during HSC, Jayden is also able to teach students how to do exceptionally well in school performances.

 

Due to his exceptional grasp of musical performance, Jayden achieved early acceptance to attend the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is studying a Bachelor of Music (performance).

Jayden has attained LMusA on Piano and AMusA on Clarinet which both stand as major achievements in any musician's career in Australia.

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 Cristhian Valencia

Bass Guitar, Drums & Guitar

Cristhian started his studies in music at 11 years of age, in “Canto por la Vida” music school of Ginebra (Colombia) where he learnt to play plucked string instruments such the classic guitar and traditional instruments of the Colombian Andean region such as the Tiple which became his main instrument.

 

At the same school, Cristian began his career in drums, traditional Colombian percussion and Latin percussion. 

 

He started his professional studies at 17 years of age at “Universidad del Valle” in Cali (Colombia) in the area of ​​symphonic percussion with an emphasis on music pedagogy.  Cristhian received a Bachelor of Music degree from this University.

 

Over several years, Cristhian has played in different competitions and events as a multi-instrumentalist achieving great national recognition, with Colombian and Latin American Andean folklore his main musical influences.

He has dedicated most of his professional life to teaching music in the areas of plucked string instruments, drums, percussion, music theory and conducting musical ensembles.

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Linghong Go

Piano & Violin

Linghong is a musician with over 20 years of teaching experience in Piano, Violin and music theory and is fluent in both English and Mandarin.

 

Starting her teaching career in Singapore, she has coached many students from as young as four years old up to amateur adults.  Well trained in ABRSM and Trinity Syllabus, she has trained students to attain music qualification up to Diploma level.  As part of her teaching program, she has organised student recitals every year since 2012 with students performing live at the Singapore Esplanade Library.

 

Besides teaching, Linghong was an active musician in local community orchestras while in Singapore.  She was a violinist for Braddell Height Symphony Orchestra, Radin Mas String Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra for Musicians Society of Singapore.  She was also the production manager for Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra since 2020 and has produced multiple online virtual concert programs.

 

Linghong obtained a Bachelor of Music from University Putra Malaysia and Master of Arts in Music Performance from University of Chichester (UK).  She also attained DipABRSM in Piano Teaching and Postgraduate Diploma in String Teaching affiliated to European String Teachers Association (ESTA).

 

With her relocation to Sydney, Linghong is looking forward to meeting new students and sharing her music with them.

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 Jane Meney

Cello, Piano & Violin

Jane began learning various instruments from a young age before seriously pursuing her passion for violin in high school. She began performing in several quartets and ensembles, including the Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra where she eventually became concertmaster in later years.

 

After finishing her HSC Music program and her 8th Grade AMEB with distinction, Jane was awarded a full Music scholarship to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) (hons.), majoring in violin performance, and graduated from her class with first class Honours.

 

Jane is passionate about supporting the musical journeys of others. She has taught, tutored, and performed in conservatoriums, schools and events across rural and metropolitan NSW in classical, jazz, pop, and musical theatre contexts, and has run various music programs within refugee and homeless shelters across Sydney.

 

Jane completed her level one certificate in Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy and travelled to England to teach Music in secondary classrooms, before returning home to direct several community string orchestras in Sydney.

 

Jane is now teaching classroom Music within a Sydney-based high school where she continues to explore new musical territory directing musicals, tours, ensembles, and community events, endeavouring to share her love of Music with others.
 

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Simone Wise

Harp, Piano & Singing

Simone's love of music began at the young age of 5, playing piano with her grandmother - leading to eventually winning first prize in a local competition at age 8. 

She is an experienced piano and harp tutor and performer with a broad background across the public school system, music academies and private tuition. 

Simone has performed at weddings and private functions around NSW for several years, and taught with One Smart Piano and Public Schools. 

Her 4th grade in AMEB theory, and 8th grade Con Brio in piano are complete, and she received a high distinction in compositional writing at Western Sydney University - where she has undertaken four years of a Bachelor of Music degree. 

Simone loves to empower students to develop their music practice and theory, and takes great joy in helping them establish a lifelong appreciation.

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Nick Regian

Guitar

Hailing from the Hills District in the North Western part of Sydney, Nick is a versatile Guitarist who likes to push the boundaries of his own playing and that of his students.

 

From humble beginnings fine tuning his musical tastes from his Father’s records like The Shadows or his Brother’s obsession with Madonna, it wasn’t until the soundtrack to the animated classic Transformers: The Movie that Nick was inspired to focus on Rock guitar.

 
After consistent guitar lessons and completing his music studies at the Western Sydney Institute from, Nick began tutoring his love of guitar, honing his skills and giving something back to aspiring guitarists.

 
Nick's main influences in guitar hail from the late 70’s to the early 90’s, with artists such as: Winger, Dokken, Def Leppard, Warrant, Firehouse, Spectre General, Harem Scarem, Europe, Ratt, Journey, Toto, Chicago, Styx, Vince DiCola and many more.

 

He loves to tinker with applied theory usually deriving from Jazz, with influential artists such as: Toto, Jamiroquai, Kiyotaka Sugiyama, Sade, NSYNC, and Reb Beach.  

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Jasmine Zhou

Violin

Jasmine is an experienced violinist with over 9 years of playing and performing.  She started playing violin during high school where she began her journey to study violin and music.

 

Jasmine has performed in many schools and attended eisteddfods all over Sydney, taking home 1st, 2nd, and highly commended awards and trophies.

 

In her 5th year of playing the violin, Jasmine passed the  Grade 8 AMEB exam with High Distinction, while at school, studying HSC Music 2 and Music Extension, receiving 89% (Band 5) and E4 respectively.

 

She has also received an ENCORE nomination and is currently a violinist in the UNSW Orchestra.  Currently, Jasmine is on her way to finish her AMus Diploma at the end of the year.  During her spare time, Jasmine also works on strengthening her skills on the ukulele.

 

Jasmine’s style of teaching focuses on strengthening theory and sight-reading skills alongside the basic technical skills to help students tackle AMEB examinations and performances.

 

Jasmine endeavours to create an enjoyable environment for her students to build and strengthen their passion for music.

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Janice Wee

Clarinet, Flute, Piano & Saxophone

Janice is a current student at UNSW undertaking a double degree in music and education.

 

With experience in both Primary and High Schools, she can be spotted at various schools across Sydney and is always striving to create a safe space to learn music.

 

She is a frequent contributor to multiple Orchestras including the NSYO and is an active participant of the UNSW Wind Symphony.

 

Over the years, Janice has grown a strong passion for teaching flute and other woodwinds.

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Ben Curdie

Drums

Ben first started playing the drums at the age of 7 and has now been playing for 15 years.

Ben attended the local Epping Boys High School which is renowned for their music program, and in particular their jazz program.  In Year 12 Ben achieved a highly commendable 48/50 in the HSC music extension course, specialising in performance.  He has also completed both Trinity Drums grade 7 as well as AMEB rockschool grade 8.

 

Ben has also been a member of a number of Sydney based bands including: the right feel quintet, Sydney live music band and the harmonix big band.  Ben is currently the primary drummer for solo artists Pascoe and Ned Rallings. 

Ben has now been teaching for over 5 years and is currently working in schools, conducting percussion ensembles and teaching privately.  He has an energetic and fun approach to learning, covering a range of genres, including jazz, pop, funk, rock, latin and metal.

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Andrew Schwimmer

Piano, Singing

Andrew comes to Carlingford School of Music all the way from the state of Nebraska in the USA, where he has travelled, taught, and performed in 7 different countries on big stages and intimate spaces across the globe from 2014 to 2020 with an LA-based group called The Young Americans.

 

He has now moved to Australia to start a life with his beloved partner Hannah, and their dog George.

 

Andrew specialises in Pop and Musical Theatre styles of singing and performance, and also teaches beginner piano.  His love and passion for music is infectious, and this helps him inspire his students to enjoy learning music whether it be for their development as a performer, or just for fun!